4/07/2022 Antiquities, Furniture & Rugs , Works of Art, Sculpture & Clocks
Roseberys are delighted to present The Connoisseurs Eye; an auction of two collections, Sir Nicholas Goodison and Michael Sim, on Wednesday 20th July. The auction includes 385 lots in total, spanning from furniture to fine art.
Sir Nicholas Goodison (1934 – 2021) was a well-respected businessman, scholar, patron of the arts, polymath (he held a Ph.D. in Architecture and Art History), and philanthropist. He had a remarkable presence in the two worlds of banking and the arts. Regarding the latter, he was a highly respected chairman of the London Stock Exchange (1976-1986), chairman of the TSB Group (1988-1995), and deputy chair of Lloyds TSB (1995-2000). Outside of his finance, Goodison chaired leading cultural institutions such as the Courtauld (1982-2002), the Art Fund (1986-2002), and the Crafts Council (1997-2005). His exceptional connoisseurship was manifest in a spectacular collection spanning many periods of art yet underpinned by a common theme: aesthetic beauty and flawless technique in objects, materials, and artists that were meticulously researched and personally selected by Goodison himself. He devoted a significant portion of his life to the collection of fine and decorative arts; a journey that began in the early 1960s with a particular appreciation of clocks, barometers, and watches, evident in one of his most remarkable books, English Barometers 1680-1860: A History of Domestic Barometers and Their Makers, published in 1968.
Lot 5, William James Müller, British 1812-1845
Within the upcoming auction at Roseberys, 112 lots are offered from the collection of Sir Nicholas Goodison. Highlights include a strong section of fine art, including an oil on canvas by British artist William James Müller, 1812-1845, titled ‘Tivoli’ (lot 5). This artwork was inspired by Müller’s eight-month tour through Europe to Italy that he did from 1834 to 1835 with his fellow Bristolian and contemporary artist George Fripp (1813-96). This scene of Tivoli, which is estimated to make £5,000- £7,000, was one of several canvases that he produced on the subject on his return. Other important artworks on offer come from eminent artists including, Edward William Cooke RA, John Frederick Lewis RA, and Barbara Rae RA RSA RSW.
Lot 59, George III burr-yew wheel barometer, by James Gatty, London, c.1800
Barometers represent another collectable antique that Goodison treasured, valued for their skilful ornamental forms, complicated mechanisms, and historical significance. In this auction, Rosebery’s will be selling an impressive collection of 53 barometers. Lot 89 on offer is a George III burr-yew wheel barometer, by James Gatty, London, c.1800, coming with an estimate of £1,000- £1,500. Another highlight is lot 82 is a George II brass-mounted walnut angle barometer, by Charles Orme, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, dated 1736, estimated to make £2,500 - £3,500. Indeed, this auction presents a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire some exceptional barometers of the highest calibre.
Lot 77, brass Anglo-French octagonal pocket sundial and compass, Michael Butterfield, Paris, c.1700
Lot 116: A late Victorian brass aneroid barometer, by Luis Pascal Casella, late 19th century
Like Goodison, Sim also had a passion for barometers. A late Victorian brass aneroid barometer, by Luis Pascal Casella, late 19th century (lot 116) is being offered to the market with an estimate of £800- £1,200.
Lot 183: A George IV 9 inch celestial table globe, by Dudley Adams, dated 1809
An exquisite piece; (lot 183)is a George IV 9 inch celestial table globe, by Dudley Adams, dated 1809 with an estimated value of £1,200- £1,800.
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